a ceramic or mural decoration made by scratching off a surface layer to reveal the ground
A technique in ceramics, art and wall design, where the top layer of pigment or slip is scratched through to reveal an underlying layer.
Origin: Borrowed from the Italian, which derives from the graphein, meaning "to write or scratch."
scratched; -- said of decorative painting of a certain style, in which a white overland surface is cut or scratched through, so as to form the design from a dark ground underneath
Sgraffito is a technique either of wall decor, produced by applying layers of plaster tinted in contrasting colors to a moistened surface, or in ceramics, by applying to an unfired ceramic body two successive layers of contrasting slip, and then in either case scratching so as to produce an outline drawing.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
sgraf-fē′tō, n. (same as Graffito, q.v.): a kind of decorative work in pottery and superimposed metals, in which clays, &c., of different colours are laid one upon another, and the pattern is produced by cutting away the outer layers:—pl. Sgraffi′ti.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a decorative wall painting, produced by layers of plaster applied to a moistened surface and afterwards operated on so as to produce a picture.
The numerical value of sgraffito in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of sgraffito in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
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